'''Yale University''' is an American Private university|private Ivy League Doctoral university|research university
in New Haven, Connecticut
. Founded in 1701 in Saybrook Colony
as the Collegiate School, the University is the List of Colonial Colleges|third-oldest institution
of higher education
in the United States
. The school was renamed Yale College in 1718 in recognition of a gift from Elihu Yale
, who was governor of the British East India Company
. In 1731, received a further gift of land and slaves from Bishop Berkeley.
Established to train Congregationalist
ministers in theology and sacred language
s, by 1777 the school's curriculum began to incorporate humanities and sciences and in the 19th century gradually incorporated graduate and professional instruction, awarding the first Doctor of Philosophy|Ph.D.
in the United States in 1861 and organizing as a university in...